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An Inspector Calls: G.C.S.E English Literature Coursework 'An Inspector calls' is a book set in 1912, 2 years before the First World War, but was actually written and performed in 1945 at the end of the world war. Although 'An Inspector calls' is a piece of entertainment. It carried many deliberate messages and a warning. It also reflected J.B Priestley's thoughts and ideas on the world. J.B Priestley was a socialist. He believed in socialism. A political system where wealth was shared equally among people and the main big industries and trade were owned by the Government. After the Second World War, there was a great atmosphere in England. England had just won the Second World War! There were two things that J.B priestly was aware of: 1. The First World War had passed. Many people had died against Germany. All to see who was the best country. And England had won that one. But after just nearly three decades, we were back at war with Germany again. 2. Again we had won the Second World War and people were happy. A new socialist government had come in. Everyone was happy about this too. J.B Priestley wanted to warn people to be careful. It seemed that everyone was being too naive and were being too busy being happy. He didn't want another world war. As a result, he decided to write a challenging play that would get people thinking. He wanted the audience to leave thinking a bout how they could make society more equal. He realised that by writing a play formed in a theatre, he could get his message across to a mass audience. J.B Priestley had strong ideas about women. He believed that women were the future. He had seen the rise of the suffragettes and their powerful determination, despite all the men who had tried to suppress them. He also thought, that as mothers, women had the ability to influence the beliefs of the future. When women had children. ...read more.


Almost as soon as he arrives he is interrupting Mr Birling. When he tells Mr Birling about the problem. Mr Birling says: 'I can't accept any responsibility'. Eric then says; 'And as you were saying Dad, a man has to look after himself.' This is dangerous, it shows that Mr Birling has started to have an effect on him already. The inspector couldn't have been more on time. J.B Priestley's message in the play about social responsibility. J.B Priestley is presenting a capitalist idea about social responsibility in his play in the form of Mr Birling. He, as the inspector is trying to make people realise that whatever action you do, as a person will always have an affect on someone else. By this time. The audience must be getting their own ideas on the inspector and who he is. Some might think that he is a prophet. Like Elijah, he has a message for them. He never shouts at them to aggravate them, but he does it another way. By asking them question after question. Sheila is first met by the inspector on page 17. She is said to enter 'gaily' as a result of being out of the room for a long time, her mood is not dampened by the inspector and happy thoughts of her engagement are still on her mind. She is in exactly the wrong mood for the inspector. When she hears about the girl. Sheila says: 'Oh how horrible! Was it an accident.' This shows that she is na�ve. She doesn't understand why someone would want to do that. Her head is permanently stuck in the clouds. The real world has been hidden from her for all these years. J.B Priestley has been quite clever with the characters of Sheila and Eva Smith. They are aboutroughly the same age. Except with different circumstances. Sheila grew up rich while Eva grew up poor. ...read more.


Sheila is crying when the Inspector leaves because she knows that things will go back to normal straight after the Inspector leaves. Sheila is the hope for the future and continues to be the Inspector's voice even after he leaves. She is a continual reminder to the family every time that they try to dismiss the situation. On page 71, she says: "I remember what he said, how he looked and what he made me feel. Fire and blood and anguish. And it frightens me the way you talk." This shows that Sheila will never forget, and in a way, this is Sheila's version of the Inspector's speech. She starts controlling her Mother when she says: "Mother, she's just died a horrible death-don't forget." She is reminding her Mother using the same techniques as the Inspector does, and drawing attention away from them as a family and back to the dead girl. At this point, the audience should feeling uncomfortable and interrogated, as if their consciences are being tested, and they are under the spotlight. Although they feel nervous, they are still intrigued. At the beginning of the play, Sheila is a little child in the body of an eighteen year old. She is a 'Daddy's girl' who is not worried about the future. Selfish, envious and ignorant, she is also gullible. However, at the end of the play, Sheila is a bold woman, a protestor who knows exactly what is going on around her and what it is leading to. She is like the earthly Inspector. This gives us the message that we should all accept our responsibility for others, because all of them did something bad to that girl and killed her. Everything we do has a knock-on effect on someone else. We're all part of a big domino set and if one of us falls down, we fall onto another domino and another, so we have to be careful what we do. The bigger the position we're in, the bigger the effect of our actions. cbh ...read more.

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